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Effectiveness of isopropyl myristate/cyclomethicone D5 solution of removing cuticular hydrocarbons from human head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis)

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Dermatology, September 2012
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Title
Effectiveness of isopropyl myristate/cyclomethicone D5 solution of removing cuticular hydrocarbons from human head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis)
Published in
BMC Dermatology, September 2012
DOI 10.1186/1471-5945-12-15
Pubmed ID
Authors

Eric Barnett, Kathleen G Palma, Bert Clayton, Timothy Ballard

Abstract

In the treatment of human head lice infestation, healthcare providers are increasingly concerned about lice becoming resistant to existing pesticide treatments. Traditional pesticides, used to control these pests, have a neurological mechanism of action. This publication describes a topical solution with a non-traditional mechanism of action, based on physical disruption of the wax layer that covers the cuticle of the louse exoskeleton. This topical solution has been shown clinically to cure 82% of patients with only a 10-minute treatment time, repeated once after 7 days. All insects, including human head lice, have a wax-covered exoskeleton. This wax, composed of hydrocarbons, provides the insect with protection against water loss and is therefore critical to its survival. When the protective wax is disrupted, water loss becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, leading to dehydration and death. A specific pattern of hydrocarbons has been found in all of the head louse cuticular wax studied. Iso-octane effectively removes these hydrocarbons from human head lice's cuticular wax.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 39 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 8 21%
Researcher 6 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 15%
Student > Master 6 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 5%
Other 5 13%
Unknown 6 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 10 26%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 18%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 15%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 5%
Environmental Science 1 3%
Other 6 15%
Unknown 7 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 September 2020.
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#9,356,477
of 17,360,236 outputs
Outputs from BMC Dermatology
#61
of 123 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#118,979
of 262,235 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Dermatology
#9
of 15 outputs
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